Will 2014 Be The Year Of Modular SmartPhones?

Ever wondered where you get the power to build and upgrade your device at your own will. Rather than buying a completely new device every few years, all you could do is just get the particular hardware that you really want; be it the megapixels on the camera or processor of the device. Well, we came across a few modular phones that are being built. We expect 2014 to be the year where these devices will surface. Lets take a look at a few projects below:

1. Ara

Led by Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara is developing a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. Motorola wants to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for the software: i.e. create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines.

The goal is to drive a more thoughtful, expressive, and open relationship between users, developers, and their phones. To give users the power to decide what your phone does, how it looks, where and what it’s made of, how much it costs, and how long you’ll keep it.

Here’s a sneak peek at early designs for Project Ara:






2. Magic Cube

Chinese Smartphone vendor Xiaomi, is rumored to be flirting with the idea of releasing a smartphone capable of customizing specific parts of a phone to build the perfect device. Following images were posted by Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun which show a phone called the Magic Cube that has slots for upgrading specific parts of a device.



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